- Creates the web pages of all Presbyterian mission co-workers.
- Runs a mission speakers service.
- Publishes dozens of missionary newsletters every month.
- Helps churches connect to Presbyterian mission co-workers. Download a congregational pledge form
- Is a program of Presbyterian World Mission.
Find a mission worker
Presbyterian missionaries are teachers, church planters, doctors, public health specialists, chaplains and human rights advocates. They teach theology, church history, Greek, Hebrew and English. They preach and evangelize. They organize and host mission teams from the United States. They accompany, they listen, they work in partnership with the Body of Christ in 71 countries. Find a mission worker now.
Contact Mission Connections staff
A letter from Rachel Weller serving in Ethiopia
September 2014 - Community Health Evangelism
I am writing you from Nairobi, Kenya, where I have been for the past couple of weeks. I came here with four colleagues from Gambella to participate in a five-week internship for Community Health Evangelism (CHE—pronounced 'chay'). World Mission and First Presbyterian Church, Spokane, Wash., provided the funds to get all five of us here and even at the halfway point, we all agree, the money was well spent. We come with various interests and experience with CHE but will leave here enthusiastic and ready for the challenge of putting our new ideas to work.
Rev. Matthew Doleak is the current head of the Department of Mission & Theology for the West Gambella Bethel Synod (WGBS). He is the CHE champion I had been waiting for, very enthusiastic and ready to go home and put into practice what we have learned and experienced. Ms. Ariet Phillip had started some CHE programs at the East Gambella Bethel Synod (EGBS) before she left to complete a degree in social work. She already practices CHE principles in her home community and is now collecting more ideas and confidence to rejuvenate the previous programs. Rev. Stephen Tongyik had started presenting the idea of CHE with the WGBS community in Gambella several years ago, so the internship is clarifying the process for him. John Okoch has a job in finance with the government and is an active member of the EGBS community in Gambella. His understanding of finances will be very beneficial as we organize to form businesses or cooperatives.Continue reading
A letter from John and Gwen Haspels in Ethiopia
September/October 2014 - Blessed by Volunteers
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). BY FAITH Abraham when called to go…obeyed and went (Heb. 11:8).
As we were traveling back to Addis with some of the volunteers who had come out to help us, Aaron Sents asked, “What is your favorite book in the Bible?” I said, “Hebrews is my favorite book partly because Heb. 11: 6 has been my life verse since high school. But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
During the last two months we have been blessed with a steady stream of volunteers coming out to see us and pitch in and help in whatever way possible. Allen Sents came for the third time and brought along two of his children, Aaron and Clarissa. Pre-med student Alice Liu from a Chinese-American church in Denver came for the first time. Zion and Zoe Oppriecht left summer jobs and the comforts of home in Kansas City and came. All of them came BY FAITH.Continue reading
A letter from Cindy Corell in Haiti
July 2014 - A Needless Death Is Immoral
Has it really been a year? In many ways I feel like I’m still learning my way around. In other ways, though, I feel like I’ve been in Haiti all my life.
But one thing is clear. Most of what I’ve learned has come from being wrong. Yep. Wrong. Incorrect. Try again. Pa korek. From my Creole to my stumbling around cultural mores to thinking I know how to get from one place to another. Nope. Wrong again.
The surprising part? I’m OK with this. Don’t misunderstand—it’s a process. It’s frustrating. But trying and failing and trying again has been good for me. I am learning so much. It’s about letting my ego relax so I can add more vocabulary, more skills, more knowledge. My life is filled with wonderful teachers, from patient colleagues to supportive supervisors to my cheerful and loving friends and “family” here. The beat goes on.
When I am speaking in Creole, my friends correct my words. If I use the proper words, they correct my pronunciation. When I tell my driver I’ve been to a certain place before, he shakes his head and says, no, that was another place.Continue reading
A letter from Luta and Jeremy Garbat-Welch serving in Malawi
September 2014 - First Steps
Our first few months in Malawi have taught us several important skills for making this our home. One such skill is "How to Find a House to Rent."
Step 1: Decide which parts of town you want to live in. Since you are new to town, are not yet comfortable with driving a new vehicle on the other side of the road, and cannot figure out which robots (a.k.a. traffic lights) to obey and which to ignore, we recommend a guide to help show you around.
Step 2: Work your social network. The best way to find a house is to know the people who know people who heard of a house for rent. Networking occurs in the now, so be sure to allow plenty of time because the network gets activated as you go to visit houses, not before. This is a problem if you are new to the country, don't speak Chichewa, can't get people to understand your English, and don't have a social network. We recommend having a helpful guide.
Step 3: If you've exhausted your network, find an agent. The agents who operate in a manner most familiar to Americans ask for exorbitant rates, so you will want to use a community agent with a wide social network. Make sure you know their expected commission. We recommend having a helpful guide.Continue reading
A letter from César Carhuachín serving in Colombia
September 2014 - Students' Struggles
Hi brothers and sisters in the U.S.:
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus! Barranquilla (and the coastal area) finally received rain! We had not had rain for over eight months and that wasn’t good for the fields and farmer workers. On Sunday, August 24, and Wednesday, August 27, and Thursday, August 28, we had a little rain, and then on Friday the 29th we had a ton of rain—very well received by many people.
In this situation of lack of rain, our ecumenical partner, the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (PCC) through the Coastal Presbytery, the American School and the Reformed University of Colombia was leading a campaign called “Pasa a la Guajira y ayudanos” (“Come over to Guajira and help us” —cp. Acts 16:9). In this campaign the PCC was collecting gallons of water and non-perishable food to help one of the regions most affected by the lack of rain, the Department of the Guajira. This campaign shows me how our ecumenical partner does God’s mission, showing the Christ’s love to the most vulnerable people in this situation.Continue reading
Thank You and Your Family for serving God by taking His word so far from Your Home.
God is doing his work and using us a tools in other nations.during my working here in Athens i observed that there are many oppertunities to share the Gospel massage with other those do not know Jesus and we can bring them to Jesus Christ.Please prayer for me that i'm a very littel to that God is using me here in Athens Greece. God bless you.